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January 18, 2017

As God First Loved Us … An Adoption Story from Ukraine

Vlada with her husband, Kolya, and their little girl.

When likeminded believers around the world strive to reach a common goal, extraordinary things happen. Many of us want to reach orphans around the world with the love of Christ. Yet, not being called to adopt or not having several thousand dollars to do so prevents us from reaching fatherless children in other countries in a meaningful way. Thankfully, these are not our only two options. While international adoptions for Americans cost, on average, $40,000, an indigenous adoption for a Ukrainian family costs a small fraction of that. It would make sense–for this reason and others–to equip Christian families in Ukraine who are able and willing to bring Ukrainian orphans into their families as sons and daughters. Years ago–because of the faithful prayer and creative thinking from people like you–Lifesong was able to develop an indigenous adoption program called Adoption Without Borders (AwoB). Adoption Without Borders is an intentional program linking like-minded families and churches in the USA with Christian families in Ukraine who … Continue reading

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January 16, 2017

Today Is a Big Day in Zambia!

Zambia Students

Nervous energy and new uniforms signal a very important event: 400 students at Lifesong Zambia go back to school today. We are excited about this year for several reasons. First, the new uniforms are sky blue instead of green. Second, this year marks our first year having a Grade 12 class graduating! Finally, this year marks 10 years Lifesong School has been here in Zambia. 10 years! God’s continued goodness is truly astounding. Our hope for this year is that we continue living out our mission of bringing joy and purpose to orphans and vulnerable children by discipling future leaders of Zambia through Biblical truth and educational excellence. — Skip Stallings, Lifesong Zambia staff Another example of God’s kindness?–This past year, every single one of the Grade 7 students passed their exams! This is the direct result of disciplined study, dedicated teaching, and the daily prayers of people around the world. The students … Continue reading

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January 13, 2017

3 Upcoming Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

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A new year means exciting new conferences. Here are 3 you should put on your calendar for 2017. 1. Refresh Conference.  Refresh is a Christian conference designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for God’s orphaned and vulnerable children. We understand first-hand that this journey can be difficult and lonely. The Refresh Conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be refreshed, equipped, and inspired. Dates and Location: Redmond, Washington – March 3-4, 2017 (with pre-conference workshops on March 2, 2017) To register, click here. 2. Empowered to Connect Conference. Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope and The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to … Continue reading

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January 11, 2017

How to Adopt Without Debt

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Let’s preface this post by stating the obvious: Adoption can be expensive with no easy way to pay for it (unless you own the Isle of Maldives). That said, it is possible for the average American family to afford an adoption, and–with a significant amount of determination, prayer, and elbow grease–to pay for it without accumulating debilitating debt. Let’s look at a potential road map to debt-free adoption. 1. Make the need known. Most of us have been hardwired not to ask for money. In fact, we’ve been taught not to trust people who do. So when it comes to adoption, we feel hesitant to ask for help. Yet we may be underestimating what our friends and family want to do to make our adoption a reality. Consider writing a letter to those you know and love. Briefly share God’s heart for the orphan, His call to the church, your call to adopt, the details of your adoption … Continue reading

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January 9, 2017

A Powerful Story of 2 Children: OpenArms Haiti

OpenArms Haiti

Come with us to Haiti. Haiti is considered the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. More than 90,000 children lack education, medical care, and nutrition. Worse still, many children have been orphaned. Meet Olgens and Easlan. “We live here,” says Olgens. “This is Haiti. We will show you.” Observe the unspoiled landscapes and the busy market where locals barter in tiny stalls for daily needs, transporting brightly woven baskets on their heads. Visit the school in Tityanen where at least 40 students squeeze into a classroom lacking books or technology. “We had a big earthquake. There were more people before the earthquake.” —Easlan Olgens and Easlan live in Bercy. They occupy a tiny tent and fill their stomachs with mud cookies to stave off the hunger pains. Bercy’s only hospital was closed after the last earthquake. It now stands as a shell of what once existed. Olgens and Easlan represent God’s goodness. The children of Haiti are resilient–even amid the devastation. … Continue reading

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January 6, 2017

Redefining Retirement: God’s Adoption Plan for Our Family

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We were overjoyed here at Lifesong to receive this letter from an adoptive family who brought their child home in November– Dear Lifesong family, Roy and I would like to personally thank you from the bottom of our hearts for awarding our family a matching grant for our daughter Rebekah’s adoption from Chongqing, China. As first-time adoptive parents, our calling came at the ages of 52 and 48, a season when many Americans dream of their upcoming retirement. In obedience to the call, we moved forward, despite little financial reserves and several set-backs. God did not call us to build up barns and store up earthly treasures for leisure, but to pour out our lives for Him bringing the Gospel to the least of these. In our case, God called us to bring the Gospel to a little 21-month-old girl with a significant hearing impairment in an orphanage over 7,000 … Continue reading

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January 4, 2017

The Most Important Story: 2016 in Review

Year in review

As we reflect on God’s goodness in 2016 … We are grateful beyond measure for your continued love and support for orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. We are also quick to remember that the most important stories are not easily communicated on charts or as statistics–children trusting Christ for salvation, volunteers sacrificing precious time, widows praying earnestly for the fatherless, missionaries choosing faithfulness on the field, donors giving sacrificially–that make the ministry possible every single day. UPDATE: Thank YOU for helping meet the match! Our goal: $1,ooo,ooo. What happened: You contributed $1,205,330 to help children and families. We praise God for His faithfulness–and yours–in exceeding our goal! Thank you for being a critical part of the mission of Lifesong. We look forward to what God allows us to accomplish together this year.   Take the next step in 2017. Join Lifesong by creatively and practically caring for orphans around the world through one of our many exciting … Continue reading

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